Pendleton Heights Athletic Training Mission Statement
The mission of the athletic training department at PHHS is to provide the best comprehensive, evidence-based, quality healthcare services for the well-being of the student athletes. Here at PHHS we desire to assure a positive healthy recovery experience through injury prevention, injury evaluation, rehabilitation and treatment. Our goal is to address the healthcare needs of each individual student athlete and return them to play as quickly and safely as possible.
What is an ATHLETIC TRAINER?
As described by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Athletic Trainers are licensed health care professionals who collaborate with physicians, athletics administrators, coaches, and parents. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. ATs work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statutes. They are a diversely educated group, schooled in both acute injury care – such as sprains, fractures, and concussions – as well as more chronic conditions like tendinitis, stress fractures, and various overuse syndromes. As referenced in the NATA description above, emergency care, triage, and rehabilitation are all hallmarks of the profession and, like any medical professional, our education is ongoing. ATs must complete CPR and AED training as well as complete 50 continuing education units every 2 years in order to maintain their certification.
The Athletic Trainer is the first responder to the vast majority of injuries that occur in athletics. They perform the emergency medical management and initial assessment of the injury. Following that, they help establish a plan of care that may include getting the injured athlete into an appropriate physician, treatment and rehabilitation of the injury to allow the athlete to return to play in a safer and more comfortable manner.
****Update: Athletic Training will be transitioning to a Master’s Degree Program****